Neglected Weed by Al Burts

 
Exhibition: October 20 – November 25, 2017
Opening Reception: October 20, 6 – 9 pm
Artist Talk: November 18, 2 – 4 pm
 
Neglected Weed is a series of large scale portraits in ballpoint, colored pencil, and charcoal on wood and acid-free paper. Burts presents an antithetical approach to the usually flattering intentions of portraiture, He looks to show homelessness and untamed non-traditional images in a manner of dignity. 
 
About the artist:
Al Burts is a Gulf War veteran and alumnus of Duke Ellington School of Arts with over 10 years of exhibition experience. The award-winning artist studied fashion illustration at Virginia Commonwealth University and summer drawing at The Corcoran School of the Arts. A retiree of the National Gallery of Arts, Burts has illustrated three children’s books, and his work can be found in the private collections of Tom Joyner, Peggy Cooper Cafritz, and University of Maryland.